Canadian writer Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013 and is considered to be “the master of the contemporary short story” (from the Presentation Speech). In her stories, ordinary people’s voices intersect to create an intricacy where they do not necessarily meet. They barely touch being unaware of each other’s presence and yet they merge into the same extraordinary story.
How can ordinary people have extraordinary lives? That’s what you learn reading about the unexpected ends of human relationships. Unexpected and ambiguous. Munro’s characters are not omniscient narrators: their view of life is incomplete and confused. The reader is not given any advantage as the main character’s voice is submerged by other voices providing different versions and visions of the same event. But who has a perfectly linear and still inner life?
Her style is minimal but the result is a rich understanding of human feelings.